By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem, Israel — April 28, 2015 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon at his Jerusalem office, held a consultation on Israel’s rescue efforts in Nepal.
Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan, Foreign Ministry Director General Nissim Ben-Shetrit, GOC Home Front Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick and MDA Director General Eli Bein, as well as representatives from the Justice and Public Security ministries, were also in attendance.
“We are focusing on two efforts,” said Netanyahu. “Our first effort is to locate and rescue Israelis who are in distress in Nepal and enable their safe return home. To this end we are continuing operational and diplomatic activity with the Nepalese government and with other elements. At the same time, we are operating a field hospital in Nepal to help the Nepalese people in their hour of distress. We are operating under two principles: All Israel is responsible one for the other, and Israel extending a hand in humanitarian assistance in Nepal as it has done in many other places around the world.”
It was reported that eleven Israelis are currently defined as not being in contact; the whereabouts of dozens more are known, but it has not been possible to reach them. Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered that, alongside the efforts to locate and rescue them, consideration be given to the possibilities of dropping them food and means to keep warm, and of reaching them escorted by local security forces.
It was also reported that 338 Israelis so far have returned to Israel, in addition to 25 infants who have already landed in Israel.
IDF Home Front Command briefed participants on progress in setting up a field hospital in Nepal that will be able to treat approximately 200 patients a day.
Prime Minister Netanyahu commended the work of the Foreign Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the IDF and MDA.
Today’s discussion is in continuation to the daily assessments that Prime Minister Netanyahu has been holding since the earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday.
Netanyahu spoke with the head of the IDF humanitarian mission to Nepal: “Send my regards to everyone, good luck and keep up the good work!”
More than 4,600 people are dead. Over 9,000 injured. Eight million affected across Nepal whose roads are destroyed or blocked. One million children urgently in need of shelter, food and clothes.
A global support page for Israel’s Nepal humanitarian efforts has been established at Israel4Nepal.com.
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